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Canadian Supreme Court Deeply Divided on Religious Freedom in Faith-Based Law School Cases

Raji Mangat 16th August 2018

Earlier this summer, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) wrote the final chapter of a years-long saga concerning the fate of a proposed law school at Trinity Western University (TWU), an evangelical Christian university in British Columbia. In Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University and Trinity Western University v. Law Society of […]

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The Indian Supreme Court Reserves Judgment on the De-criminalisation of Homosexuality

Gautam Bhatia 15th August 2018

In 2009, the High Court of Delhi handed down a landmark judgment in Naz Foundation v NCT of Delhi. It read down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalized “carnal intercourse against the order of nature”, to exclude same-sex relations between adults in private – effectively decriminalizing homosexuality. Four years later, however, the […]

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The Forgotten Asylum Seekers of Calais and Dunkirk

Emilie McDonnell 15th August 2018

Since the closure of the ‘Jungle’ in October 2016, the asylum seekers and refugees that remain in Calais, Dunkirk and other areas along the Northern French coast in desperate and inhumane conditions appear to have been forgotten, no longer attracting our attention. In June 2018, I volunteered in Calais and Dunkirk with Oxfordshire Refugee Solidarity […]

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Argentine Senate Rejects Bill on Abortion: The Way Forward

Sergio Giuliano 14th August 2018

The Argentine Senate has recently rejected, by a 7-vote margin, a Bill passed by the Chamber of Deputies on the voluntary interruption of pregnancy. The Bill was heavily debated both in Congress and Argentine society. The public hearings of the joint committee meetings of the Chamber of Deputies received 724 speakers in roughly 118 hours […]

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July 4, 2018 – A New Independence Day

Mari Margil 13th August 2018

In the United States, the Fourth of July is celebrated as Independence Day. Someday history books may celebrate the Fourth of July 2018 as a new “independence day” – not for a new nation, but for a new kingdom. On that day, the High Court of Uttarakhand at Naintal, in northern India, issued a decision […]

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